News archive from 23 January 2014

China: Great Firewall sends millions to banned site

China: Great Firewall sends millions to banned site

MUCH of China's internet traffic was redirected to websites run by a company that sells software to get round its web censorship. The redirection, which affected hundreds of millions of Chinese web users on Tuesday, came as Beijing tried to extend its...

 
India: Minister at odds with politics of common man

India: Minister at odds with politics of common man

When Shashi Tharoor's wife was found dead in an upmarket Delhi hotel last week after their marital strife had been splashed on Twitter, the colourful career of a jet-setting minister looked in doubt and another symbol of India's elite lost its sheen....

 
Ukraine: Terrorists and criminals to blame - PM

Ukraine: Terrorists and criminals to blame - PM

Ukraine's prime minister has branded anti-government demonstrators "criminals" and "terrorists" hours after three died and 300 were wounded during a series of clashes with riot police in the centre of Kiev. Officials said two...

 
I’ll become health crusader, reveals chief doctor

I’ll become health crusader, reveals chief doctor

SIR Harry Burns is to concentrate on tackling health inequalities when he stands down as Scotland's chief medical officer later this year. Sir Harry will take up a new research post as Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University in...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Health
 
‘Swedish’ heart care could save thousands of lives

‘Swedish’ heart care could save thousands of lives

Thousands of lives could be saved if survival from heart attacks in the UK matched rates in Sweden, research shows. A study in the Lancet found that between 2004 and 2010, over a third more Britons than Swedes died within a month of having a heart...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Health
 
Climate fears as EC waters down energy goals

Climate fears as EC waters down energy goals

The European Commission has watered down plans to tackle climate change after refusing to set renewables targets for individual countries. While commissioners announced a European Union-wide target for renewables sources of 27 per cent by 2030, there...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Hot News
 
Call for Yorkshire to follow Scots path to power

Call for Yorkshire to follow Scots path to power

A ROYAL Commission should decide "once and for all" how the region should take more control over its own affairs following the example of Scottish and Welsh devolution, according to a Yorkshire council. York Council argues that a commission...

 
Drink-drivers now all ages, say police targeting serious crashes

Drink-drivers now all ages, say police targeting serious crashes

DRINK-DRIVING in rural parts of Yorkshire is now a problem affecting motorists of all ages and no longer the preserve of the middle-aged, according to the police officer leading a team investigating the most serious road collisions. North Yorkshire...

 
Give each NHS hospital patient a single consultant, says Jeremy Hunt

Give each NHS hospital patient a single consultant, says Jeremy Hunt

An NHS culture change will mean an end to the 'brief encounters' with consultants many patients experience. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Patients in hospital should be put under the charge of a single consultant accountable for all the...

Guardian, 00:07 in Health
 
Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: No.17 - Sir Paul Ruddock (£300m)

Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: No.17 - Sir Paul Ruddock (£300m)

Financier Sir Paul Ruddock retired from Lansdowne Partners – the investment management company he co-founded in 1998 – in March 2013. The month after he retired he received an outstanding contribution award for his contribution to the hedge fund...

 
Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: Positive outlook for 2014

Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: Positive outlook for 2014

By Sue Knight, director in Grant Thornton’s entrepreneurial private client team in Birmingham The UK economy picked up more strongly in 2013 than expected, especially in the automotive and food and beverage sectors. All great news for West Midlands’...

 
Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: No.3 - Randy Lerner (£1bn)

Birmingham Post Rich List 2014: No.3 - Randy Lerner (£1bn)

Aston Villa have had better times in terms of points on the board, and the club’s owner has also seen his numbers fall. Randy Lerner became a popular figure when he put his money where his mouth is to invest in the Premier League club six years ago....

 
‘No evidence’ found of RBS wrongdoing

‘No evidence’ found of RBS wrongdoing

A REPORT which claimed that Royal Bank of Scotland had deliberately driven small firms out of business to make money was questioned in the Commons yesterday. Sir Andrew Large, the author of another report into state-backed RBS’s lending to smaller...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
Swinney blames fall in exports on UK ‘austerity’

Swinney blames fall in exports on UK ‘austerity’

Finance secretary John Swinney has blamed a fresh slide in exports on fragile conditions in the eurozone and the UK government's austerity drive. Official data released yesterday showed that whisky exports were hit particularly hard during the third...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 
Comment: Latest data perfect for economic bounce

Comment: Latest data perfect for economic bounce

IT IS testimony to the speed of the UK economic recovery that only last summer Bank of England governor Mark Carney believed it would probably take up to three years for UK unemployment to fall from a rate then of 7.8 per cent to 7 per cent. The...

Scotsman, 00:11 in Business
 


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